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Hackers can access iPhones running iOS 6.x without passcodes, and will then be able to access and export the address book, send emails and make phone calls. Jailbreak Nation has discovered the method for doing so and The Reg can confirm the method works after a sequence of swipes and key presses. It worked for us on an iPhone 5 …

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Trollface

"a sequence of swipes and key presses"

That's probably already patented!

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Re: "a sequence of swipes and key presses"

There appears to be a join in the video just before the guy gets access to the phone.....

Is it April 1st?

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You're securing it wrong

Apple has responded: "Just don't secure it that way.

You stupid little user."

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Re: "a sequence of swipes and key presses"

Nope, it is indeed February 15th. Were there any doubt, this quote from the article should help dispel it: "It worked for us on an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.02, not just iOS 6.1 as Jailbreak Nation suggests."

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Seems like a race condition

Depending on how the screen locker is coded, it could be as simple as tweaking a few lines to deploy a "fix" to buy more time to properly fix the thing. Given that the home button is effectively disabled, it seems as if the locking method is just interrupted while setting variables in the system.

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Pint

iPhones don't really do this.

The thieves are just holding them wrong.

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Coat

Re: iPhones don't really do this.

Actually, judging by the video and instructions, it look like you need to hold it just right!

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Defects in an apple product ? ! -- commence the iSlagathon !!

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Paris Hilton

The rest of us will have to wait six months before we get this feature on our droids. Those iPhone kids have all the luck.

Paris. Why not?

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You don't need it. Google already has all the access it needs..

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They say its a bug...

back in my day, we called these backdoors.

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Re: They say its a bug...

I beg to differ.

Its a feature.

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"free calls" ≠ "run up a colossal phone bill"

Glad to see El Reg isn't about to let quaint conventions like the facts impede the torrent of rabid sensationalism.

This is obviously another very serious fuckup from Cupertino... there's NO NEED to misrepresent it.

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Re: "free calls" ≠ "run up a colossal phone bill"

If I pick up someone else's phone with iOS6, enter the correct keyswipes, and make calls THAT ARE FREE TO ME, then the calls are free.

Which bit of that did you miss? No misrepresentation here.

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Re: "free calls" ≠ "run up a colossal phone bill"

The bit where you have physical access to a £600 phone and you're worrying about the fact someone may run up a phone bill for a few quid.

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Re: "free calls" ≠ "run up a colossal phone bill"

Whoops misread.

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Re: EPIC WINDOWS FAIL!

You're suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Go and install Linux on an old laptop and you'll be fine.

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This isn't the first time...

...back in iOS4 there was another vuln allowing passcode bypass.

Seriously Apple?

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Meh

Note that Siri

Gives you access to all this and more from the lock screen anyway, in fact it would be nice if the phone noticed Siri had been activated from the headset and that the phone was in a pocket so as not to activate the screen and allow accidental mute, speakerphone, FaceTime etc interruptions to calls.

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its not exactly very usable

Thats quite an involved hack that requires you to hold the sleep button the whole time the device is cracked. Its not like the device is unlocked or 'day-to-day usable. I'd not get the SW team working the weekend on it if I was Tim Cook.

If ppl want to sweat about security, the majority of front door locks in the EU are easily bypassed by crims, but I don't see Yale coming rounf my house with an urgent patch for snappable barrel locks.

I'm just curious how the jailbreak kids found the 'unlock sequence' (if you can call it that).

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Re: its not exactly very usable

Phones are often left out on coffee tables, desks and random bars (where they sometimes go missing, especially prototypes). Less so front doors.

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Re: its not exactly very usable

What are you on about? Front doors are frequently outside bars.

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Cutting edge bugs

This is why the tech on the Curiosity Rover is all old hat. Cutting edge tech will always experience problems and updates will always introduce bugs which get fixed by the next update which introduces new bugs and so on. That's just how it is, either live with it or get a boring old Nokia feature phone I guess!

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Re: Cutting edge bugs

Yeah that Sky Crane malarkey was positively pedestrian....

There's a difference between "cutting edge" and "tested and built to extremes with redundancies" :-)

Nokia phones have had their share of bugs too though.

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Re: Cutting edge bugs

What if we could make free calls and check Facebook from Curiosity Rover?

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Re: Cutting edge bugs

"Nokia phones have had their share of bugs too though."

Yup. I remember my old Nokia 6280 which had a firmware update that bricked the phone. It was a very common issue on the update but they didn't pull it.

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So let me get this straight...

You have free class to the people in the address book? becuase unless this hck allows you to dial new numbers its useless, and the phone will be disabled anyway as soon as its reported missing anyway. Nice click bait artcle tho Mike Magee would be proud

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Just tested it on my phone: You get access to the phone app

You can dial new numbers, listen to voicemails, see the contacts and the history.

Interestingly, if a contact has a homepage defined, you can normally tap on it and open the browser; but that did not work while using this trick. I assume that you are in a special mode where the phone app works so that you can make emergency phone calls, but nothing else does…

A word of caution: I tried making a phone call, but the results were strange. There was no way to hang up, because the normal buttons would not show up, even after I stopped holding the sleep button. It took me a while to bring it back to a normal state.

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Re: Just tested it on my phone: You get access to the phone app

I couldn't listen to the (visual) voicemails, but could dial any number I liked.

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Surprise

Why is it that when we see the word "exploit" or the phrase "security problems/issues", the article is always about Microsoft.

People need to give themselves a shake and stop using MS products!

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Re: Surprise

AC? Eadon we know its you!

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Re: Surprise

Bah! How did you guess? Did you know I'm Obviously! as well, apparently.....

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Anonymous Coward

Surely if you have stolen someones phone with the intention of making free calls you could just pop the SIM out and into a different phone and start dialling? Most people do not have a SIM lock code I'd imagine.

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All my SIM card were protected by a code straight out of the box

I assume in depend on what country you are in.

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just works

Type your comment here - basic HTML allowed

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But the question I want answering is

Who the hell finds these things out?

How bored must you be to do all those actions to see if anything happens?

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Re: But the question I want answering is

Most probably a bored Windows sysadmin, not having any work to do...

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FAIL

Just another undocumented feature that Apples engineering missed

So where's the problem? Apple products aren't thoroughly tested, when a new version is issued the back-shop boys are busy working on the next version,

Pity Apple doesn't test them during production, rather than in the field.

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I've increased the security of my iPhone...

...by simply carrying a large, nail studded club with me at all times. The nails go a little rusty after bathing, but I think this just adds to its overall effectiveness.

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Nice, all Apple need to do to make it patentable is add a way of attaching it to the device so they can add "on a mobile" to the application.

Problem solved!

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I dont own an iPhone but Im wondering as the thief has access can they change the log in password and thus use the device normally?

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No, this "hack" doesn't get you very far.

That said, the problem with this hack is that it may provide a starting point for something that DOES cause harm. As we've seen with DeCSS, all it takes is a bored kid on a rainy Sunday afternoon to fully nuke a business model, so any starting point is bad news. Apple needs to fix this.

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Isn't just to allow emergency services

to contact your loved ones, when you have been mugged for your iPhone, oh wait.

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WTF?

Not Just iPhone5 either..

Works on an iPhone 4 running iOS 6.0.1

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Yay

"IOS 6.X HACK ALLOWS PERSONAL DATA EXPORT, FREE CALLS"

I just tried this on my phone and called some saucy chat lines, all for free. Thanks for the tip-off! This is doubly-awesome since I'm calling from abroad.

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FAIL

wow

Glad I have held off upgrading my iPAD 2 to iOS 6 as the fail keeps coming (even this only affects iPhones). Well the good thing for the poor iPAD original buyers is the difficult decision to upgrade to iOS 6 was taken out of their hands by Apple themselves because of course they know better (and use forced obsolescence as their business model)

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OK bit confused still please help me out..

When your phone is stolen, don't you just ring up your provider and have the sim blocked, or am I missing something ? This is the most useless hack ever. THE PROBELM IS THEY HAVE THE FECKING PHONE, THATS WHAT SHOULD BE WORRYING YOU! Sweet Weeping Jesus!

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Those Apples are becoming rotten.

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